Four Leaders Honored at Keepers of the American Dream Awards Gala

October 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Immigration Forum honored four renowned leaders in the food industry, agriculture, labor and law Wednesday night for their leadership in advocating for the value of immigrants and immigration in our society.

Recipients of the Keepers of the American Dream Awards spoke of their commitment before more than 200 attendees, on an evening that coincided with the Forum’s 31st anniversary. The awards recognize individuals, foundations and corporations that have demonstrated real leadership on behalf of immigrants. The 2013 honorees were:

  • Cesar Alvarez, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig
  • José Andrés, Award-winning Chef and Restaurateur
  • Ralph and Cheryl Broetje, Co-founders of Vista Hermosa Foundation
  • Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union

“We need to remember that, as immigrants, we have to work hard to belong to this country,” Andrés said. “One of the first great minds I met when I arrived in Washington was Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and he told me something that I hold dear to my heart. He said to me, “If you want to belong to this country, here it is! You only have to work for it.”

“From healthcare professionals to workers in the food industry and beyond, immigrants have contributed so much to the fabric of our nation,” Henry added. “I don’t accept this award as an individual, but on the shoulders of the immigrants who helped build our union.”

“Our honorees’ commitment to making sure our nation’s immigrants continue to have access to the American Dream is admirable, and it is particularly important as our nation debates the need and urgency for immigration reform,” concluded Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “We recognize the contributions of these individuals who’ve enhanced our appreciation of immigrants and the immigrant tradition, and we look forward to the many things they will continue to accomplish on behalf of our country’s immigrant community.”